Among the many miraculous events of the past few decades:
- The Miracle on the Hudson: On 15 January 2009, US Airways Flight 1549 (an Airbus A320) successfully ditched into the Hudson River between New York City and New Jersey, after reports of multiple bird strikes. The aircraft came down on the Hudson with no engine power and slightly tail down (to prevent immediate sinking by the nose "plowing in"). All of the 155 passengers and crew aboard escaped and were rescued by passenger ferries and day-cruise boats, in spite of freezing temperatures (the ditching occurred near the Circle Line and New York Waterway piers in midtown Manhattan). The survival rate was 100%.
The captain was Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, 57, a former fighter pilot who had been an airline pilot since leaving the US Air Force in 1980. He is also a safety expert and a glider pilot.
The miraculous nature of this incident was readily apparent even to the liberal mainstream media—hence, their willingness to use the name "Miracle on the Hudson," despite their normal distaste for such terminology.
- Oil-eating bacteria and the Gulf of Mexico oil spill: The Gulf of Mexico oil spill was the most severe in history, releasing an estimated 206 million gallons of crude oil into the water. The Obama administration was unable to mount any kind of effective solution to this spill, and grave concerns about the damage it would cause mounted. On August 25, 2010, it was reported that a new species of bacteria had been discovered: one which was eating the oil that had spilled.